Archive for the ‘olympics’ Category

wimbledon gets into the olympic spirit

August 13, 2010

Saw this bit come through the wires about the AELTC suspending its all-white dress code when it hosts the tennis portion of the 2012 Olympics, in London.

From the club’s head honcho, Ian Ritchie: “We have been very supportive to the Olympic organizers throughout the process… We hope to some extent there will be a different type of audience. It is not a repeat of the Championships. It will be its own competition, have its own style and it will play out in its own way.”

Perhaps they’re just trying to give everything over to the Olympics organizers so they won’t be blamed if anything goes wrong. (We also saw this post over at BBC about the possibility of the Wimbledon’s usual food offerings — Pimms, strawberries and cream, etc. — not being available at the Coca-Cola- and McDonald’s-sponsored event.)

On the flipside, we’re happy for the prospect of having folks who don’t usually get into the AELTC have an opportunity to do so with this equally grand tournament. And while we’re disappointed about the dress code (what is this, Queen’s Club??), we take consolation in knowing that many of the clothing companies, like they do for the Davis and Fed Cups, will probably dress their players in country colors.

(via AP)

stella mccartney to design the uk’s 2012 olympic kit

July 16, 2010

Stella McCartney continues to flex her athletic apparel muscle by signing on as creative director of adidas‘s United Kingdom 2012 Olympics and Paralympics kits.

While McCartney’s expertise now includes golf, cycling, tennis, and dance, she’ll need to step it up in order to incorporate all the sports (which’ll require different fabrics and silhouettes). “So there are challenges,” she told Vogue. “I have a million challenges. I have to make it look good on TV, I have to make it feel good for the athletes, I have to make it work — technically it has to do its job. But I think they’re all good challenges — I like a challenge.”

Fans, fear not: Us non-athletes will also get a taste of Stella’s take on this worldwide event; a range for the masses will drop in the fall.

TSF’d been really curious to know how McCartney would design for the menz (she’s done it for boys) and this is the closest we’ll get. We can’t wait to see swimmer Mark Foster (dapper in Beijing) and Andy Murray decked out in Stella!

And sadly, this probably won’t mean that Andy’ll get her to design his on-court wear; at least for tennis, the players’ contractual obligations to their clothing sponsors supercede whatever they’ll get from their home team’s olympic committee.

Fall 2010 RTW: On another note, we weren’t too keen on McCartney’s last showing in Paris for the fall RTW collection. See her Fall/Winter 2010 RTW show here.

(via vogue.co.uk; image grab via style.com)

(ot) in that olympic spirit

February 24, 2010

We here at TSF have been busy gluing our eyes to the boob tube for the Vancouver Olympics, and all the displays of the American flag at the medal ceremonies (nevermind that no one’s singing!) have inspired us to update our wardrobe with some patriotic colors. More: See our choices for red, white, and blue after the cut…

in vancouver, plushenko’s outfit did him in?

February 19, 2010

The Seattle Times has a great piece up about who was Best Dressed during last night’s men’s free skate in Vancouver. The dramatic event catapulted American Evan Lysacek to gold over favorite Evgeni Plushenko in what many are calling a flawless performance.

From The Times’s point of view, our boy Johnny Weir took the fashion crown (not surprisingly) was best dressed. But Plushenko, in a rhinestone suitcoat, got the nod as worst dressed. From our point of view, it was definitely the hair that did him in. That mane needs an Andy Murray-chopping pronto.

In the fan’s poll, Weir just nudged out Lysacek 37% to 35%. The people have spoken.

More shots of Plushenko and Weir after the cut.

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fashion focus: elena denimentieva

September 21, 2008

Yonex decided to flex its design muscle by using “denim” — printed on a moisture-wicking synthetic — for its fall ’08 collection, which debuted in time for the fashion-forward U.S. Open. They even opted for orange thread as contrast stitching, giving the pieces a more authentic and rugged look.

Elena Dementieva played in the separates at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, where she lost to Katarina Srebotnik in the quarters. Notice the knot on th front lefft tank strap.

And this Russian wore the halter version during her semifinal run in New York. (She’s had a pretty good summer, following her semi @ Wimbledon with a gold medal from Beijing and the semi in NYC.)

More: See her kit from Beijing and the Yonex men’s denim line after the cut…

Hey, New Yorker: Don’t forget to look up!

September 7, 2008

The Empire State Building has been shining its tower lights with “tennis ball yellow” color throughout this year’s edition of the U.S. Open (partly to commemorate the 40th year of Open tennis at the event). The tower first got lights in 1932, to alert people for 50 miles that FDR had been elected president of the United States.

The building currently lights up for major holidays, including EU Day (blue and yellow), Lunar New Year (red and yellow), Veterans’ Day (red, white, and blue), and Earth Day (green).

And for the Olympics, the ESB lit the four sides of its tower the flag colors of countries participating in the Beijing Games. The top 66 countries (based on delegation size) were honored through the 17 nights of the event.

janko tipsarevic: our munchkin gets injured

August 13, 2008

Sad to see Serbian Janko Tipsarevic retire with an injured ankle from his second-round match against Olivier Rochus 6-7 (5), 3-2 at the Beijing Olympics.

He attended his presser in a wheelchair with a super-swollen ankle. About the injury, Janko said: “Now I know how Ana felt when she withdrew. Maybe it’s too hard word to say that this is the worst day in my life, but it is certainly the worst day of my career…Olympic Games mean a lot to every sportsman, especially as they take place once in 4 years. I played really well in my first match, my confidence was on the highest level, and I felt I could reach far. But sometimes things like this happen and you just can’t do anything about it.”

Janko will now focus on getting ready for the U.S. Open.

During his time off his feet, perhaps he’ll consider trimming his hair?

(image via hcfoo.com)

fashion focus: federer’s olympic quest

August 13, 2008

Here’s a look at Roger Federer‘s Olympics kit from Nike in action through three rounds in Beijing.

He beat Dmitry Tursunov 6-4, 6-2 in the first round, Rafael Arevalo of El Salvador 6-2, 6-4 in the second round, Tomas Berdych 6-3, 7-6 (4) in the third, and will run into eighth seed James Blake in the quarters.

Other matchups are Mathieu vs. Gonzalez, Monfils vs. Djokovic, and Melzer vs. Nadal. (Draw here.)

More: See the detail shots of Roger’s outfit — wristband, headband, bag, belt, etc. — all after the cut…

have you bought a lottery ticket this week?

August 12, 2008

Leave the suit at home: Our favorite tennis commentator, Mary Carillo, gets glammed up during her time in front of the camera at the Beijing Olympics. She, along with a other analysts covering the for the U.S. market (including Melissa Stark, Alex Flanagan, and Lindsay Czarniak), got outfits especially designed by label Ports 1961.

I think she looks pretty good. What do you think? Tell us!

“When I was first approached to create a capsule collection for the NBC Olympic commentators, I was honored,” said Ports 1961 creative director Tia Cibani. Cibani honed her design aesthetic in China during the nineties (while working under then-design heads Dean and Dan Caten).

This collaboration was announced last month along with the release of these sketches above.

Know your Ports: See Ports 1961’s Fall 2008 and Resort 2009 collections. (via NY)

(screengrab source: TF)

eric wilson on the opening ceremonies

August 12, 2008

Opening Ceremony Fashions
August 8, 2008
voiceover by Eric Wilson, produced by Simone S. Bridges and Amy O’Leary

(screengrab from nytimes.com)

I’m a milkmaid from the future. I come in peace.

August 11, 2008

Jelena Jankovic wore a specially designed red dress for the her opening Olympic singles match, beating Zimbabwe’s Cara Black 6-3, 6-3. The Reebok dress’ loudest feature is a laurel wreath design on the front.

“It’s a special dress for the Olympics. So it’s quite cool. I received a lot of compliments from the girls and from the people around here,” she said. “It’s a little bit different to what I used to wear. But you get so wet from sweating. That’s not so nice — too much humidity!”

More: Two more pics after the cut…

Who is Michael Phelps again?

August 11, 2008

More on opening ceremony outfits:

The Brits, led by hunky swimmer Mark Foster (jesus!), sported a single-breasted three-button jacket that worked well for the tall members of their contingent. See the women’s version here.

olympics: nike in red, white, and blue

August 11, 2008

TSF’s sad that we won’t get to see Maria Sharapova in her kit for the Beijing Olympics. So we’ll have to do with what we’re given:

Serena Williams wears a patriotic version of the Doubles Dress that she debuted earlier this year. In her first Olympics singles match ever (she won gold in doubles with Venus in 2000), she took out Olga Govortsova of Belarus 6-3, 6-1.

Zheng Jie took advantage of playing on her home court in her win over Hungarian Agnes Szavay.

Notice the ghosted pattern on the back panel of the top. (Thanks for a reader’s help with this one.)

Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova brushed aside veteran Ai Sugiyama 6-2 7-5.

(images via Getty Images)

olympics: venus tries contrast stitching

August 11, 2008

American Venus Williams tries out contrast stitching for her latest EleVen outfit, this one for the Beijing Olympics. The gold medalist (2000 Sydney Games) beat Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky 6-3, 6-2 in the first round.

(image by Getty Images)

olympics: adidas standard issue + country kits

August 11, 2008

Here’s a look at the black and white Olympics standard issue by adidas that we wrote about last week. Thankfully, the kits they’ve provided individual federations are much more colorful. Here are three below:

Andy Murray put aside his Fred Perry to wear the uniform provided by the LTA.

And the French team showed off a variety of pieces, including this polo on Michael Llodra

…this tank on Gael Monfils

…and the women’s separates on Pauline Parmentier.

And Chris Guccione and the rest of the Australians get a version in their national sports colors: green and yellow.

(images by Getty Images)

mishits: the american men bore me

August 11, 2008

After that great Wimbledon kit, which had James Blake looking really classy, is this bagginess really all that Nike could do for American’s debut at the Olympics?

Since Under Armour isn’t really known for pushing the fashion envelope, we’ll let this one slide, Robby

Gineps lost to Nole 6-4, 6-4 in the first round, while James beat Chris Guccione 6-3, 7-6 (3).

(images via Getty Images)

olympics: rafa nadal

August 11, 2008

The Spaniard opened his Olympic run with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 win over Italian Potito Starace. He followed that up with a doubles victory with teammate Tommy Robredo against the Swedish team of Robin Soderling and Jonas Bjorkman.

Here’s a look at his Nike tank from the back.

(photo by Getty Images)

olympics – opening ceremonies

August 11, 2008

Olympic fever has hit us at TSF, too. I’m sure you’ve seen the opening ceremonies, or at least clips of it (we loved the movable type sequence).

Here’s a quick look at country uniforms, worn during the athletes’ march around the Bird’s Nest.

Nole and Ana Ivanovic marched for Serbia. Ana has pulled out of the Olympic draw because of a persistent inflammation in her right hand.

As flagbearer for Chile, Fernando Gonzalez dons traditional attire in his walk around the National Stadium.

Roger Federer carried the Swiss flag. The rest of the team wore a khaki sports jacket to round out their uniform.

Agi Szavay and the Hungarians went floral for the opening ceremony.

David Ferrer and Rafa Nadal were among the Spanish players marching.

We loved the fans and the Li Ning purses, but someone should have altered Rafa’s jacket…

OTHER NOTABLES

We were hoping that Filipinas would wear the female version of the barong, a traditional Filipino costume…

Kobe Bryant totally rocked the Polo Ralph Lauren-designed American uniform.

Kiwi flagbearer goes with a fur cape, while his compatriots wear demure black.

Bright colors on Estonia.

The Finnish women wear a contemporary print.

The Bermudans wear knee-high socks!!

Monaco’s Mathias Raymond, in blue, and Luxembourg in light brown.

Other blue: Vietnam goes with a deep royal blue, Russia puts it on their men (including flagbearer Andrei Kirilenko), Australia goes with a shimmer, and Iraq goes with aqua.

Iran in green.

Italians say safe and simple with their well-tailored uniform. Skinny ties! Cargo pants, though? I would have wanted to see a Ferragamo satchel…


Orange is always tough, so kudos to the Dutch for incorporating it wonderfully into their walk around the stadium.

Other faves: Georgia in clean white.

MISHITS

The Venezuelans showed up for American Gladiators casting call.

As expected by me, the Chinese showed up in a tacky uniform fitting for a McDonald’s employee.

Other mishits: the wrinkly silver Lithuanian blazer, we really expected more than a navy jacket from the Japanese.

Too bad the Afghans weren’t cloaked in a cape like President Hamid Karzai.

(all images via Getty Images)

some of these things are not like the others

August 8, 2008

India’s Olympic contingent couldn’t get it together for their opening march into the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing today.

From the Press Trust of India:

“With ace shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore carrying the tri-colour, the contingent looked good from a distance but as they came closer things looked hardly impressive.

The male members of the team were dressed in off-white sherwanis but the tennis duo of Sania Mirza and Sunitha Rao were attired in black trousers and practice jackets. Not only did the two not follow the dress code, the contrast was even more jarring to the eyes when they walked with Delhi paddler Neha Aggarwal who chose a greenish saree for the occasion.

Most of the Indian competitors also did not march smartly, Rathore, tennis ace Leander Paes and shooter Gagan Narang being the exceptions.

Though, the generous crowd at the Bird’s Nest stadium roared to greet the Indians, it was a shoddy fashion statement by the team.”

(src; photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

adidas’ little secret

August 6, 2008

Those black and white adidas shoes designed specifically for the Beijing Olympics will all have a red insole printed with a map of Beijing. Fun times.

(via Browner; image via TT)


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